On- and off-road cyclists are extremely well catered for at Castello di Fonterutoli, which is at the heart of a region where cycling culture has a long and glorious history. Routes for all levels and tastes, short and long, easy and challenging, are available both within the estate and in the spectacular Chianti hills, whose hamlets, towns, castles and many cycle-friendly coffee bars, wine bars, snack outlets and gelaterias are waiting to be explored.
E-bikes, mountain bikes and road bikes are all available. There are routes suitable for beginners and touring aficionados as well as serious road cyclists and mountain bikers. For further information, contact us and we'll help you arrange the perfect tailor-made cycling experience.
The rolling hills around Fonterutoli are a walker’s paradise. Hiking trails wend their way along farm tracks and across streams, through woods full of wildlife, perhaps passing by an Etruscan necropolis or following an old pilgrims' route, the via Francigena. We can give advice on self-guided walks or arrange for you to be accompanied by our knowledgeable local guide, Fabrizio. Contact us to discover what's on offer.
Swimming & tennis
A game of tennis is great holiday fun, and we've recently revamped our synthetic grass court which is located on the Mazzei family's Il Caggio estate, just 2.5km (1.5 miles) from Fonterutoli. With its superb views over vineyards towards the hamlet of Caggio, it can be tough to keep your eye on the ball. The court must be booked in advance: ask at reception or contact us.
Our swimming pool is also located at Caggio, within the hamlet itself, with breathtaking views over the surrounding vineyards. The mood here is sheltered and relaxed. Due to its distance from Castello di Fonterutoli, no services are provided at the pool. For information or directions, ask at reception or contact us.
SPA & WELLNESS
Castello di Fonterutoli has arrangements with a number of health resorts and spas in the area, including the COMO group's Castello del Nero spa, which is just 40 minutes' drive away. Also offering special conditions for our guests are Villa San Paolo in San Gimignano, and the Antica Querciolaia and Terme di San Giovanni thermal baths in Rapolano.
A horseback ride through the hills of Chianti is a marvellous way to enjoy our extraordinary natural surroundings. With the Quadifoglio stables in Staggia, 15 minutes' drive from Fonterutoli, we can arrange hour-long hacks.
Sights to see
Located as it is in the very heart of Italy, Tuscany and the Chianti Classico zone, Fonterutoli is a strategic starting point for daytrips to some of the most beautiful towns in the region and beyond. It's a comfortable drive from here to Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, Monteriggioni, Saturnia, Montalcino, Pienza, Cortona and many more unmissable spots.
A ten-minute drive over hills and through the vineyards of our estate leads to the Vallechiara sport fishing lake. With its restaurants and children's play area, Vallechiara is ideal for a first taste of fishing. It's suitable for adults and children of all ages eager to try out their skills, or simply to spend a few pleasurable hours in the open air.
VESPA RENTAL: "ITALIAN LIFESTYLE EXPERIENCE"
Castello di Fonterutoli actively collaborates with a company in the area for the 125cc Vespa scooter rental service. Upon request and availability, the transport and collection service is also guaranteed directly at the facility, which allows our guests to book and receive their rental here in Fonterutoli.
A comfortable and simple way to cross the Chianti Classico along its beautiful panoramic roads and reach the points of greatest interest.
Fonterutoli's cooking courses are as suited to those keen to learn some of the secrets of traditional Tuscany cuisine as they are to guests who simply want to spend a few convivial hours in the kitchen and return home with new recipes with which to impress friends and family. Available on any day of your stay, lessons are led by our personable chef, who guides participants through the preparation of three genuine Tuscan dishes. And when the lesson's over... lunch is served!
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